Bamboo Airways, Vietnam’s first private carrier, is the new operator of Embraer’s E-Jet family of regional jets. The company leased two first generation E195 aircraft from Great Danes Airlines, which entered service recently.
The two planes are being used on flights to the tourist archipelago of Con Dao, which does not have adequate airport infrastructure. With a short runway and lack of fuel supply, the island’s airport cannot receive larger jets, but the E195’s performance allowed flights to serve the destination, 1,400 km away from the coast.
“Bamboo Airways is proud to offer jet-operated flights to Con Dao with the E195s,” said Mr. Dang Tat Thang – Executive Vice Chairman of Bamboo Airways. “The aircraft’s short runway performance makes it an ideal aircraft for flights to and from Con Dao. The two by two seating will offer our passengers a high level of comfort in a modern, spacious aircraft, including the one-of-its-kind Business Class on the route to Con Dao.”
“Congratulations to Bamboo Airways on this strategic move. The E-Jets will give them great flexibility both in performance as well as in economics,” says Raul Villaron, Vice President, Asia Pacific for Embraer’s commercial aviation unit. “The E195’s fuel efficiency and economics enables Bamboo Airways to cost effectively manage fluctuating demand and operate lower density routes with the right sized aircraft. We welcome Bamboo Airways to the Embraer family and our global team are here to support them.”
The E195 jets are configured with 118 seats in two classes of service. Bamboo Airways was founded in 2017 and has invested in new generation aircraft such as Airbus’ A320neo and A321neo, and the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
The country’s largest carrier today is Vietnam Airlines, which was founded in 1956 and is controlled by the socialist government. The company has a fleet of more than 100 aircraft, including A320, A350 and 787 models.